Sunday, March 8, 2009

Perfect Weekend

My friend Molly says her ideal Saturday involves staying in bed: reading, drinking coffee, and lounging as long as she damn well pleases. I love Molly but my ideal Saturday is WAY different!

We had a great weekend in PA, partly because we can actually bathe here (bathroom construction in NYC...suffice it to say it's been 2 weeks since we've had a shower there). But mostly this weekend was wonderful because I tinkered in the kitchen almost constantly. I've been trying to empty the freezer over the past few weeks, getting ready for all the great spring vegetables that will start coming in soon (please let it be soon!).

This weekend I canned 4 quarts of chicken stock and 4 quarts of meat stock. Can you tell which is which?

I almost used up the last of my apples in 8 pints of spicy apple/chipotle chutney.

And finally, I bottled two batches of wine (beet and linden flower) and racked five other gallons into fresh jugs, moving them along on their journey to drink-ability.

As we head back into NYC (and what I hope will be our final week of bathing in the kitchen sink) I think fondly on my weekend in the kitchen.


At March 9, 2009 at 5:25 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Great photos! I applesauced the last of my apples last week. Spring is sure to come soon!

At March 9, 2009 at 8:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like my idea of a perfect weekend, too. The last of my apples went into the dehydrator yesterday, but otherwise I was outside doing the garden clean up I couldn't do last fall because of my knee.

At March 10, 2009 at 10:32 PM , Blogger molly said...

awww...but i wouldn't mind laying in bed and having you bring those things to me, either.

At March 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM , Blogger TC said...

Chicken stock on the left? And that spicy apple stuff (if I can't pronounce it, it don't get spelled out) looks delicious.

I hope the bathroom is complete soon.

At March 19, 2009 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Ellen Zachos said...

That's right, TC, chicken stock on the left. And the apple-chipotle chutney is damn good, if I say so myself!


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